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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Woman survives Toronto shooting only to die in Aurora

Roger Ebert has an opinion piece in the NYT about gun control in relation to the recent public shootings in Toronto and Aurora. In it, he describes a close call by one of the Eaton Centre mall patrons:

Immediately after a shooting last month in the food court of the Eaton Centre mall in Toronto, a young woman named Jessica Ghawi posted a blog entry. Three minutes before a gunman opened fire, she had been seated at the exact place he fired from.

“I was shown how fragile life was,” she wrote. “I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath.”

This same woman was one of the fatalities at the midnight screening in Aurora. The circle of madness is closing.

I added the last link, because when I read this I really couldn’t believe it was true so I went searching for proof.  Crazy, but true.

Just before the movie started she was having a public twitter conversation with a friend and her last tweet was “MOVIE DOESN’T START FOR 20 MINUTES.”



Syncing of bookmarks with Chrome is a horrible experience

It works fine until you want to delete something.  If you spend a bunch of time organizing your bookmarks, you’ll get a nasty surprise sometime later: duplicate bookmarks for everyone one you moved or deleted.  If you google this problem, you’ll find others complaining about it, but no solutions or statement from google that they’ll fix it.

I’m looking for other solutions, to share bookmarks between computers.  Anyone?

There’s something really interesting about Matt and his dancing (and I hate dancing)

I cannot explain it.  Matt’s videos of him dancing all over the world make me, er, tear up, OK, OK, cry.  It’s not a sad cry, but a happy one.  Watch yourself:

OK, same effect on you?  My hypothesis is that the joyful connections between these so very different people all over the world invoke raw emotion, one that comes out as tears.

Block the Vote

While the last point made is the comparison to UFO sightings, the rest of the article contains interesting statistics on voter suppression.  Some of them:

  • Since 2001, nearly 1,000 bills that would tighten voting laws have been introduced in 46 states.
  • 24 voting restrictions have passed in 17 states since 2011. This fall, new laws could affect more than 5 million voters in states representing 179 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
  • In the past two years, 5 battleground states (Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) have tightened their voting laws.

There’s lots more.  These new voter suppression laws are being enacted under the guise of “voter fraud”, but that’s a redirect.  The real reason is to reduce the number of minorities that vote, who just happen to vote Democratic more often than not.  This sums it up pretty well:

Adults Without Valid Photo ID

UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud.